Animal welfare

Animal welfare

Go the whole hog for a pet

THEY used to tour the country as part of a circus before being adopted as unusual pets.

Animal groups attack 'frustrating' report on circuses

ANIMAL welfare groups last night condemned a report that claims there is not enough scientific evidence to support a ban on wild animals in circuses.

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Jailed for killing his wife's kitten

A MAN who killed his wife's kitten by putting it in a tumble dryer was yesterday jailed for six months.

Hard pluck story

WE ONCE WENT, IN WHAT GRANNY called our "courting" days, to supper with a friend in London whose family appeared to own half of Jura. Our host produced a goose he had shot and brought back by road, ferry, train and, finally, the Circle Line.

Partridge take a shot at flying school

We had an airborne exercise the other day; teaching red-legged partridge to fly. We weren't in the flat lands of Buchan to shoot large numbers, but to give the birds some practice for when the paying guns come.

Fight dogs seized in city

GANGS of organised criminals are staging regular dog fights across Edinburgh, animal protection officers warned today.

Ruff justice for doggy daycare owner told to live in caravan

A MUM who runs Scotland's first "dog daycare" centre claims council officers told her to move into a caravan for two years in order to beat planning rules.

They'd pre-ferret if unwated pets got a home

IT'S not unusual for staff at the Lothians' biggest animal rescue centre to be rushed off their feet.

Animal rescue centre given go-ahead to double in size

A RESCUE centre run by the Scottish SPCA has been given planning permission allowing it to nearly double in size.

Rescue centre doubles in size

A RESCUE centre run by the Scottish SPCA is set for a massive expansion which will allow it to treat 1000 extra animals a year.

RSPCA issues plea over litter

HOUSEHOLDERS in England are being urged to bin their rubbish following a 20 per cent increase in the number of calls received by the RSPCA about animals entangled in or injured by litter last year.

SSPCA offers cheap chips for pets

AN Animal charity is offering cut-price microchipping to pet owners visiting the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston this weekend.

Hundreds of birds saved after spill

A TOTAL of 485 birds covered in oil as a result of the grounding of the container ship MSC Napoli in Devon in January have been released into the wild by the RSPCA.

Dog-owners urged to keep 'killers' on lead

DOZENS of young animals - including badgers, deer, foxes, swans and ducks - have been killed by dogs let off leads by their owners, the Scottish SPCA warned yesterday.

Thieves target pedigree cats

THIEVES are targeting pedigree cats, the SSPCA has warned.

Headless swan sparks inquiry

GRAMPIAN Police and the Scottish SPCA yesterday launched a joint investigation after the headless body of a mute swan was found with a rope around its neck at Roseisle picnic area near Burghead, a beauty spot in Moray.

Stick to chocolate Easter bunnies, says SSPCA

PARENTS are being urged not to buy their children live rabbits this Easter.

RSPCA hails £6000 hunting fine

THE RSPCA has said it is delighted that a man found guilty of breaching the hunting ban was ordered to pay almost £6000.

SSPCA blames hysteria as pet is abandoned

ANIMAL rescue workers are searching for the owners of a "sweet-natured" family pet who was found tied to railings and left overnight.

Standing up to help charity

A COMEDY night will take place tomorrow to raise money for the Scottish SPCA.

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